Travel round Venice, The Dolomites and Bergamo
From the Véneto to The Dolomites and the Lombardy.
I feel a big envy of the city of Bergamo. Or rather, I feel envy of the airport of Bergamo. The city, as for the number of inhabitants, doubles Valladolid, city where I reside. Its airport has possibly ten times more of destinations that this one city. And hence the envy that produces to me. I believe that Valladolid is deserved by the offer of many other destinations which he has at present. The proper cultural offer of Valladolid, its proximity with Madrid (only one hour in the train of high speed) and the closeness in a radio of action of 140 km from cities as important as Salamanca, Segovia, Zamora, Avila, Burgos, Palencia and León they do of the Castilian capital a very interesting geographical point. I do not understand like the Meeting of Castile and León it does not promote this airport. Certainly, that, on having done it, it seems that it takes part for Valladolid and: oh! that is not politically correct. It will be much better to keep on betting because every capital of province I have my own airfield. Thanks to the Irish company of low cost that has bet for Valladolid with five destinations on the day of today, occasionally, the vallisoletanos we can see a plane flying over our heads, and this way in the blast-off tracks the weed does not grow. A track, long track, that one not very distant day received the mythical one and already Agreed missing person.
One of these destinations available is the city for which I feel envy: Bergamo. The proper city is already a claim, but it is placed in an axis (the freeway A4) that joins Milan with Venice and that so much we take interesting destinations to left as right as Verona, Padua, Mantua, Vicenza, Bologna, It will iron or Ravena, without forgetting us of the lakes Like or Garda. For this occasion we choose Venice and the Dolomites. After landing we go to the counter of the office of rent of cars where they deliver to you the keys. In the same exit door, a small bus divides every a little time up to the place of collection of the car to scarce minutes from there. We leave for the return the visit to Bergamo and direct rapids for ourselves to the city of Tintoretto with the intention of coming before it was getting dark.
About Venice I can say little. It is impossible to sum up in a few lines the sensations that one perceives as it walks along its streets or sails along its channels. Only a small advice for all those that have thought-out to go one day to this city of which they say that if measures are not taken in hundred years they will be uninhabitable. It is necessary to do all the possible to sleep in the city, nothing of the Lido or in its surroundings, Mestre. This is the advice. Thus although one is a little time in Venice we will be able to know the unbearable tourist city and the kind city into which it turns from 18 p.m. when the guiris are going to fall asleep to its packet boats or to its luxurious hotels in the outlaying districts. We, in our trip, had the fortune of apartment stayed at a study with a small patio that was giving to the channel (Fondamento of the Help) very close to the Field of Carmini. His name is Ai Carmini Residence. Very advisable.
Thirty six hours do not give for much, but I can say without being wrong that we stamp of above below and of this one on west between 12 and 15 km and that is … to see many things. But The Dolomites were waiting for us. So, after having breakfast, we gathered the car that we had left in the Tronchetto. The following stop would be Belluno, one of the doors of entry to The Dolomites. A beautiful people placed in a hillock. To gain access to him it is convenient to leave the car in the parking and to rise for a few steep escalators. The Dolomites there is a mountain range that is part of the Oriental Alps occupying the territory of three provinces: Trent, Bolzano and said Belluno with almost 80 per cent of its surface occupied by these mountains. Its aspect is different from the rest of the Alps with wide covered vales of forests and a few rocky formations (lime rock of marine origin called dolomite). That is to say that there was one day in which these summits were under the sea. The Dolomites were declared a Patrimony of the Humanity by the UNESCO in 2009.
Curtain d'Ampezzo is the most important tourist locality of the area, or, at least, with more rename. It is the jewel of the crown of The Dolomites for its innumerable tracks of ski and for the services that it offers in winter. But in our visit it is possible to be said that a city was a bogey. The cream of society was not, but the fact is that neither there were mortal many. We visit the city at the moment when the winter period has ended and that of summer still has not begun (just one week later it was intending for the opening of the main teleféricos).
The accommodation foreseen to enjoy this report of Italy was the Hotel Millefiori. Accommodation placed in Val di Fassa one of the varied vales that the peculiar orography offers to the lovers of the nature. We choose this familiar hotel for its situation, like starting point to realize a pair of excursions following the day. I do not know very well to what reasons it obeys that such and such destination turns into our target at the time of the planning of a trip. But the true thing is that Passo de Pordoi and the Marmolada attracted me since I put the sight in the map of the area. Perhaps be for many hours of television seeing the Draft of Italy when this was an appointment almost forced in the summer preambles of my childhood. Or perhaps be because one has had a previous life in which it was an authentic montañero. The true thing is that so much one, Pordoi, as other one, Marmolada, we were not disappointed by no means. In this season we could have seen snow great although the highways were perfectly clean and the temperature, in spite of being of zero degrees, it was benign. The only snag is that we could not mount in the Funivia (teleférico) that it rises up to 3300 meters of altitude from the 2239 that Passo Pordoi has. Again it will be the traveler thinks with the illusion that perhaps in not very distant time it frequents again and enjoys these wonderful places. Of course we do not have any snag. Moreover, everything opposite. In the Millefiori they treated us as a wonderful form and we enjoy the cozy ambience. And a few dinners … delightful!
From here we already initiate the comeback. The following stop was or Bolzano or Trent. Both cities have a rich patrimony. But we praise ourselves for the history. Tridentum, the ancient Roman city, celebrated the Council of Trent during 1545 until 1563 (in diverse meetings and cities). For the Catholic Church he supposed an authentic revolution the agreements that there were decided have been the prop of its doctrine. The making of a catechism, the definition of a series of dogmas, the establishment of the supremacy of the Pope and the prohibition of the wedding for the priests are some in these agreements. The city is provided with notable monuments of religious character like the cathedral of San Vigilio whose construction began in 1212 and who finds in a square with some medieval buildings decorated with the characteristic paintings in its fronts; and the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, of the XVIth century, head office of the Council of Trent.
The Lake of Garda is much quite near of this population. In another trip we already discover this lake in its south part (Desenzano and Sirmione, very advisable). So we could not let through the occasion to see Riva del Garda in its north part. Of calm climate during the whole year it is a focus of important tourist attraction.
We border on the lake following the highway thinking that it would be a nice way of discovering this area. But rather it was a small fiasco since most of the same one pass for long, dark and up to dangerous old tunnels. With which scarcely we saw the lake and yes many cars.
The A4 went out again to our meeting and we already take the crammed freeway this time with direction to Bergamo. One evening for the old helmet of this beautiful city it gives to do to us an idea of what formerly must have been this rich area as well as the influence that must have exercised the near Venice.
To the high city (Cittá Alta) of Bergamo one gains access for a funicular onlooker who rises for a steep slope. It ends in an ancient palace of the XIVth century where there is a bar - restaurant where from there are obtained a few magnificent conference of the modern area of Bergamo. The historical helmet is surrounded with walls constructed between 1560 and 1625 with its corresponding doors of access., route Gombito, which maintains the ancient paving named opus spicatum (in the shape of thorn), goes over to the main route to the small square of San Pancracio. From here we can admire the palaces of medieval origin, the Church of San Pancracio of the XVIth century, the source and the tower of the Gombito, the tower of higher stone of Bergamo. A little further on we reach the Piazza Vecchia. The big teacher of the architecture Him Courbusier defined to this square as “the most beautiful square of Europe”. I am not who to doubt such an affirmation. Perhaps be a little exaggerated. The true thing is that it is a flirtatious square, of harmonious proportions that award a beautiful aspect. And especially at night. There are the Civic Library, Palazzo della Ragione, the Source of the Contarini of the XVIIIth century, Palazzo del Podestà constructed in 1340 by the Venetians and the Belfry, the highest civic tower. Crossing the porch of Palazzo della Ragione (the Town hall) in whose soil finds a curious sundial, we come to the Square of the Duomo where we can admire the most emblematic monuments of the city: the cathedral, Santa Maria the Biggest, the Chapel Colleoni and the Baptistry of plant octogonal.
The traveler needs rest to continue its way. In this part of the city restaurants and snack bars go out to the step for you. We praise ourselves for a brewery that it was promising: the Osteria della Beer.
They have a very wide beers letter, in bottle and a half a dozen of them of barrel. Of proper making they have the mark ELAV (blonde style lager, yellow golden, with intense aroma to yeast and hop). As complement they have a good table of cheeses or of cold meat. To have dinner we chose a place of battle that we already knew. A very wide place, in an ancient palace, without very much glamor but with an accessible menu (where its famous polenta is not missing). We happen a little bit very agreeably meditating to the clientele, especially with a couple to which we do not augur any future. If someone is interested in his name is “Il Circolino“.
And there stays already only the rest of the traveler, who with the night has the healthy habit of going to sleep. The return flight was going out at one hour more that prudent (thing not normal at all in the flights of low cost that or you go out very early or everything opposite), specifically, in this case, the plane went out at 11 a.m. thanks to the fact that the ash clouds allowed it, of course, with certain suspense. And while one waits to embark as if they wanted to rub it to you you have in front of you a big screen where you can see all the movements of the planes that go and come. And it is that's why therefore I feel little envy of the airport of Bergamo. At the moment we will have to be content to have for breakfast in Valladolid, eat in this one nice city and to have dinner in Venice. It is not a bad consolation for lack of which new routes as good are opened there might be cities of the north of Africa. Arrivederci!
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